Wednesday, April 17, 2013
JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. - East Tennessee State women's golf claimed the program's second A-Sun Championship with a total of 880 and Kennesaw State's Ines Lescudier fired a championship record low of 66 to to earn the championship's individual title at the Pine Lakes Course at Jekyll Island Golf Club on Wednesday.
The Bucs finished six strokes ahead of defending champion Kennesaw State (886) after beginning the championship on Monday by setting the low total for the low opening round and the low first-round total (287). FGCU (887) finished third, followed by Mercer (893), Stetson (905), Jacksonville (907), North Florida (920), USC Upstate (934), Lipscomb (937) and Northern Kentucky (990).
Lescudier finished her last 11 holes at eight-under-par, including seven consecutive birdies from holes 11 through 17, for an amazing back-nine total of 29. The 29 is the best by an A-Sun player in the 24-year history of the championship and one of the top 10 rounds shot by a Division I collegiate player this season. Her previous best for consecutive birdies made was four, her previous low round of the season was a 68 and her prior three-round total best was a 212.
She broke six individual championship records, including the low 18-hole score which previously was 67, the low 54-hole score (210, previously 212), the low 18-hole score vs. par (-6, previously -4). the low 54-hole score vs. par (-6, previously -4), the low third round score (66, previously 69) and the low final round by a winner (66, previously 69).
ETSU's Sian Evans, who tied the championship's previous low round of 67 on Monday, finished second with a three-round total of 214, followed by defending individual champion Gabriella Wahl, whose 215 placed her third. FGCU's Kristin Swindell shot 71 for her second round under par and a total of 216 and finished in a tie with Stetson's Mallory Viera and Jacksonville's Jessica Welch. Welch also matched Evans' first-round 67 on Monday.
Bucs' freshman Vivienne Chin shot even par for a 217 to finish seventh, and KSU's Ket Preamchuen shot a one-under-par 71 to total 218 and place eighth. FGCU's Briana Carlson finished with 219 in ninth place and Sarah Louie Brown from Mercer also fired a 71 to total 220 and round out the Top 10.
ETSU will advance to a yet to be determined location to compete in the NCAA Regionals, and Lescudier will await to hear if she is selected for one of the 18 at-large individual bids.
2013 A-Sun Women's Golf All-Tournament Team
Ines Lescudier, Kennesaw State – 210 (-6), Championship Medalist
Sian Evans, ETSU – 214 (-2)
Gabriella Wahl, ETSU – 215 (-1)
Kristin Swindell, FGCU – 216 (E)
Mallory Viera, Stetson – 216 (E)
Jessica Welch, Jacksonville – 216 (E)